You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Each Monday, a voice from the pews will give personal perspective to the words we soaked in on Sunday.

The Monday After Sunday, April 15, 2013: Sustaining Grace

By Dawn Kelley

In the years I have been a Christ follower I’ve never really taken the time to ponder the idea that God’s grace has nothing to do with me. I knew that His grace was and is given to us because He loves us and that it’s given to each of us differently, at the right time and in the right amount.  What does that say about God? He pays close attention to all of His children!

As I reflected on the service and the life that God has so graciously given me I asked my self the question, “Where is God’s sustaining grace evident in my life?”

Looking back over the past two years alone I have been I have been tempted and I have overcome. There have been times when I just wanted to give up, wanted to throw in the towel. I just wanted to walk away — no longer be a wife or a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. But I made stayed the course. I’d never been able to put a name on it, but I now know it was God’s sustaining grace.

I am so glad that God never gets tired, because I so often do!

Crying out for God’s help is extremely challenging. In our society, crying out to God is considered weak; it’s admitting defeat. But I know for myself that crying out to God gives the control back to Him, and it allows me to be carried by my father.

The picture that came to mind is that of my husband carrying my 5 year old daughter who had been sick this past week. He picked her up to carry her into the house after a long day of visiting her grandpa. The picture was beautiful. So gently he lifted her and took his time to get to the car. He carefully placed her into the seat and buckled her in. He reminded her that we would be home soon and  then she could fully rest in the comfort of her bed.

What a beautiful visual of what God’s sustaining grace looks like for His children.  When I cry out to Him and ask for His help, he gently lifts me and carries me and He comforts me with His word. He allows me to fully rest in Him, and He is the power that keeps me going when I want to give up.

He is my sustaining grace; I pray He is yours as well.

Dawn Kelley is the wife of Andrew and the homeschooling mother of four, Jaden, Niya, Makayla and Aiden. She loves to read and write in her spare time, and she currently uses a personal blog to share her adventures in motherhood and womanhood.

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